Musikmesse 2010: ADAM Audio AX Series

The AX Series includes four high-performance systems, ranging from the ultra-compact A3X, to the high-performance A5X, A7X and A8X systems.
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The AX Series includes four high-performance systems, ranging from the ultra-compact A3X, to the high-performance A5X, A7X and A8X systems.

The X-ART tweeter is more efficient and handles higher SPLs, along with a frequency response up to 50 kHz. All AX Series woofers and amplifiers have also been re-engineered, with larger voice-coils and more powerful amplifiers for greater linear excursion and more output. The redesigned cabinets all feature twin bass-reflex ports.

ADAM''S smallest monitor, the A3X, is geared for applications where space is limited. The A3X is equipped with the X-ART tweeter for clear sound reproduction, a 4.5-inch mid/low-frequency driver with a very light but stiff carbon-fiber diaphragm, and two 25-watt amplifiers to power each driver. The A3X also features Stereolink, a pair of additional RCA connectors, allowing the user to connect both speakers with a single cable so that the volume for both speakers can be controlled from the gain control of either speaker.

The A5 has now been reborn as the A5X with the X-ART tweeter, a 5.5-inch mid/woofer to reproduce frequencies below 2.5 kHz and twice the power. The speaker diaphragm is made from ultra-rigid and lightweight Carbon/Rohacell/Glass, which prevents breakup resonances and produces a dynamic sound. Two 50W amps drive each of the speakers directly and the speakers feature 110dB max peak SPL per pair. Like other AX systems, XLR and RCA connectors are provided along with a five-year warranty.

The new A7X features the X-ART tweeter, a newly designed 7-inch mid/woofer featuring a larger 1.5-inch voice coil. A 50W A/B amp drives the X-ART tweeter, while a 100W Pulse Width Modulation amp drives the mid/woofer. The front panel includes a power switch and a control for the volume that retains the volume setting independently from the on/off switch. On the rear panel are several additional controls: a gain for the high frequencies (± 4dB) and two shelf filters for high and low frequencies. There are XLR (balanced) and RCA (unbalanced) connectors.The A8X is equipped with the X-ART tweeter and an 8.5-inch carbon/Rohacell/Fiberglas mid/woofer.

The upper corners of the A8X are beveled to minimize reflections. The large, double-bass reflex tubes on the front have been designed to match the mid/woofer and its large voice coil. With a 50W amplifier for the tweeter and a 150W amplifier for the mid/woofer, the A8X has more than enough power for any applications. Other features include a tweeter gain control and two shelf filters on the rear panel, an frequency response of 38 Hz to 50 kHz, XLR and RCA connectors, 120dB max peak SPL per pair and a five-year warranty.

MSRP for the AX Series is as follows: A3X, $299 each; A5X, $449 each; A7X, $599 each; and the A8X, $899 each.

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